Toyota funds AI research to build autonomous cars

Toyota will provide $50 million to open research centers at two universities Toyota Toyota is partnering with Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to research artificial intelligence and robotics in order to bring greater autonomy to Toyota cars. The car maker will contribute US$50 million over five years to two research centers that are being set up at Stanford and MIT. However, don’t expect a computer to completely drive your Camry any time soon. Toyota will always assume a person will be at the wheel, said Gill Pratt, who oversaw the DARPA Robotics Challenge and is now joining Toyota as an executive technical adviser. Toyota will focus on creating “human-centric systems” that are supplemented by technology, Pratt said Friday at a press conference in Palo Alto, California. That…


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